Mike Walker (columnist)

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Mike Walker
Born(1946-01-16)January 16, 1946
DiedFebruary 16, 2018(2018-02-16) (aged 72)
OccupationGossip columnist, radio personality

Mike Walker (January 16, 1946 – February 16, 2018) was an American radio personality and gossip columnist for The National Enquirer,[1] and hosted the magazine's 1999-2001 MGM-produced newsmagazine, National Enquirer TV. He is also the author of the 2005 book, Rather Dumb: A Top Tabloid Reporter Tells CBS How to Do News.

Between April 11, 1996 and December 2010, Walker was a guest every week on The Howard Stern Show to play "The Gossip Game." He would read four gossip stories, and the Stern crew guesses which one is false. During a 2006 Stern show appearance, Stern staff members Richard Christy and Sal Governale recorded audio of Walker's flatulence. Dubbed the "Mike Walker Fart," the audio clip was played often on the show.

Walker co-wrote with Faye Resnick the #1 New York Times best-selling book about the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Nicole Brown Simpson: Private Diary of a Life Interrupted (1994) (which as of October 1995, had reportedly sold 550,000 copies).[2] It debuted at #1 on the non-fiction side of the Times bestseller list on November 6, 1994.[3]

Walker had a weekly radio show on KABC, Los Angeles, California.

Walker grew up in Boston and started working for the Enquirer in 1970.[4]

On February 16, 2018, self-styled writer and TV personality A. J. Benza tweeted that Walker had died.[5][6]


  1. ^ Yalor, Tanis (5 October 2001). Mike Walker - Interview, Metro (British newspaper), Retrieved December 14, 2010
  2. ^ Tabor, Mary B.W. (1 October 1995). Word for Word: An O.J. Biography; Is There Anyone Who Hasn't Milked the Trial of Juice?, The New York Times, Retrieved December 14, 2010
  3. ^ (6 November 1994). BEST SELLERS: November 6, 1994, The New York Times, Retrieved December 14, 2010
  4. ^ Hughes, Scott (25 May 1998). CV: MIKE WALKER Gossip columnist, 'The National Enquirer', The Independent, Retrieved December 14, 2010
  5. ^ Benza, A. J. (16 February 2018). "RIP Mike Walker. A helluva reporter and a mainstay in the gossip game for many years. I'll be giving him a proper send-off on my next show. Good man gone". @realajbenza. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  6. ^ "Mike Walker — A Tribute To The National ENQUIRER Legend". 21 February 2018.